To help families prepare before a disaster, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is partnering with Target and local first responders to host a Prepare Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. located at the Target store at G3515 Miller Rd. in Flint, Mich. The Prepare Fair is being hosted in recognition of National Preparedness Month (NPM) during September.

Families are encouraged to attend the Prepare Fair to learn simple ways to get prepared before an emergency or disaster occurs, including how to develop a family emergency plan, create an emergency supply kit, perform basic first aid, volunteer to help prepare their communities and more. The Prepare Fair will take place in the Target store parking lot and attendance is free of charge.

“The Prepare Fair is a great opportunity for individuals, especially children, to meet their local first responders and learn about the importance of being ready for all types of emergencies, such as severe flooding that affected Genesee County earlier this year,” said Capt. W. Thomas Sands, commander of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). “The Michigan State Police is proud to partner with Target to host such an important event dedicated to helping prepare and protect Michigan residents.”

During the fair, individuals will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how to prepare before, during and after an emergency
  • Receive free preparedness items, including weather radios and emergency supply kits
  • Participate in kid-friendly preparedness activities
  • Learn basic first aid techniques
  • Explore emergency response vehicles
  • Meet local first responders and volunteers

Participating agencies include the MSP/EMHSD, MSP Flint Post, Target, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office-Emergency Management, Genesee County Amateur Radio, Genesee County Health Department, Flint Fire Department, Flint Township Fire Department, Flint Township Police Department, Grand Blanc Fire Department, Michigan Citizen Corps, Michigan Department of Community Health, American Red Cross, Army National Guard, Do1Thing, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, STAT EMS and Pepsi.

For more information about the Prepare Fair and National Preparedness Month initiatives, visit the MSP/EMHSD website at and follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at

This year marks the ninth annual NPM promoting the need to prepare nationwide. The MSP/EMHSD is a registered Coalition Member of NPM joining more than 14,000 organizations nationwide to spread the important message of emergency preparedness.